Spring Slabsides Day: May 21, 2011
The Slabsides Day Open House and program went flawlessly and was followed by a great day of trails work organized by JBA Treasurer Joan Burroughs and Eddie Walsh of Tahawus Trails, LLC. Volunteers hauled wooden planks down the Spring Trail and painted trail markers on an impromptu table in front of Slabsides.  Board of Directors member Jay Holmes even participated in some of the heavy work. A map and photo board clearly demonstrated the trail work that has been accomplished so far.  

Jeff Walker coordinated the Slabsides Day event that featured guest speaker Evan Pritchard who presented a fine talk on the significance of birds in Native American culture. Jeff also administered a Slabsides Day questionnaire, the results of which will be reported in Wake Robin in the near future. Joan Burroughs welcomed the crowd of over 75, and reviewed the highlights of the activities of the Association since Fall Slabsides Day 2010.

Evelyn and Bob Rifenburg did a great job of setting up a table on the porch for book, button, and key chain sales; it was wonderful to see Ev preparing the cabin with Bob.  Docent Patrick McDonough energetically greeted Slabsides visitors with stories about John Burroughs and the cabin. Jason Dempsey welcomed visitors to Pond House with refreshments and a screening of "Into the Wild," a new documentary by Lynne Frazer about the camping trips of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs.

Fall Slabsides Day will be Saturday, October 1, 2011. Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on the fun!

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Recap of the schedule:

Spring 2011 Slabsides Day
Saturday, May 21, 2011

12 Noon - 4:00 PM
Semi-annual open house of "Slabsides," John Burroughs's rustic cabin in West Park, New York. Interpretive tours of the cabin are offered throughout the day.

12 pm Talk on porch: 
Bird Signs; John Burroughs, Native American Traditions, and the Way we Percieve Birds

Evan Pritchard, Director, Center for Algonquin Culture

An exploration into how our own views about birds may be influenced both by writers such as John Burroughs, and by folklore and story, much of which comes from Native Americans.

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